Their Eyes Were Watching God: Culminating Essay Prompt #5 Throughout her timeless masterpiece Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston employs a myriad of symbolic elements to assist in the establishment and understanding of Janie’s identity as a character. Although the types of symbolism used throughout both the novel and the movie vary greatly, they effectively convey Janie’s development. A few of these symbols include Janie’s hair, the pear tree, Janie’s use of firearms, and Janie’s
to keep moving. Only God knows if I could get back up after yet another beating. Silence is not an option. These were the painful feelings that raced through Janie’s head. One toxic relationship after another, all with different men from different backgrounds and different morals, each of them changing her into the resilient woman she is today. She had to scream, she had to leave, and she had to change to survive.
The afterword at the end of Their Eyes Were Watching God was written by Henry Gates Jr. and its praises Zora Hurston, the author of the book, to no end. Along with praising Hurston, Gates sprinkles in parts of the author’s life and how it influenced this piece as well as others. The afterword is broken up into four separate chunks and in the first section Gates writes about Hurston’s life. He praises her for her excellent writing as well as giving a brief summary of events that shaped her life like
Throughout literature minor characters often serve a purpose to show the major characters greatest strengths and weaknesses. In Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Jody’s role in Janie’s life serves a purpose to highlight her strengths and weaknesses. Hurston includes Jody in her novel to show one phase of Janie’s life where she seeks love and a voice within society. Jody, in turn, shows Janie’s ability to find her own voice and internal power but highlights Janie’s weakness in
Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1934, is a unique and heartfelt Modern novel that follows the love life of a light-skinned African-American woman, Janie Crawford, during the early 1900s. Hurston includes multiple different types of relationships in the novel, all of which represent Janie’s personal development and search for independence while she looks for true love. This novel is an important piece of feminist literature, being one of the first novels to introduce
Looking Past the Perceived: A Defense of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Autumn Stern Since its release, Their Eyes Were Watching God has faced more than its fair share of controversy. At first glance, one might assume this to be because of its mature subject material- after all, Janie is a grown woman for much of the book and has experiences reflective of being such in a poor black community in the early 1900s. However, the most contention comes from the narrative’s noticeable lack of a heavy political
I was totally wrong to keep hopes that the love of my life would support me to build my dreams. I wondered, why as I running for a person who couldn’t understand me and keep choices between him and my dreams. I think he know that I am drowned in his love and do whatever he says. For a moment I felt like Jaya Bachan of Abhimaan. Is he jealous of me? Can’t he see me rising high? Did it hurt his male ego when his girl is superior to him? But we girls do feel proud about if our guy is talented and one